Joseph B. Wirthlin Quotes


Self-control is one mark of a mature person; it applies to control of language physical treatment of others and the appetites of the body.

The Lord is well aware of our mortality. He knows our weaknesses. He understands the challenges of our everyday lives. He has great empathy for the temptations of earthly appetites and passions.

As an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ I testify to you this day that the time will come when every one of us will look into the Savior's loving eyes.

The living prophet and the apostles today are as lighthouses in the storm. Steer towards the light of the restored gospel and the inspired teachings of those who represent the Lord on earth.

While we yearn for peace we live in a world burdened with hunger pain anguish loneliness sickness and sorrow.

Some pass their days as though suffering a deep sadness they cannot name. Others are unhappy because life didn't turn out the way they thought it would.

True love lasts forever.

Look at every Zion society from ancient times to present and you find at its center love for others.

Relatively mild gusts of wind blow some trees down. Graceful palm trees for example are lovely to look at but will not stand up in a heavy wind because they are not well anchored.

Wayward disobedient children cause their parents grief and anxiety.

Don't be discouraged if the answer to your prayer does not come immediately. Study ponder and pray sincerely having faith and live the commandments.

The consequences of ignoring the Lord and His prophets are certain and often accompanied by great sorrow and regret.

Knowledge is very important and one of the few things that accompanies us into the next life.

Immorality violence and divorce with their accompanying sorrows plague society worldwide.

In my early teens I was a janitor. In high school I got up early to deliver to accounts that required early service.

Average leaders inspire people to punch a time clock. Great leaders inspire industry and passion.

Duty is too often what one expects from others and not what one does.

I remember the first time I met my wife Elisa. As a favor to a friend I had gone to her home to pick up her sister Frances. Elisa opened the door and at least for me it was love at first sight.

To beguile is to deceive or lead astray as Lucifer beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Lambs have little chance to follow the right path if the shepherds go astray.

Mortal experiences give us the opportunity to assess what we are doing with our lives.

When we reach out to assist the least of Heavenly Father's children we do it unto Him. That is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we progress and become more like the Savior we can strengthen every group with whom we associate including families and friends.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our partner helper and advocate.

If you feel that Heavenly Father is not listening to your petitions ask yourself if you are listening to the cries of the poor the sick the hungry and the afflicted all around you.

You may feel singled out when adversity enters your life. You shake your head and wonder 'Why me?'

The way we react to adversity can be a major factor in how happy and successful we can be in life.

As with the butterfly adversity is necessary to build character in people.

If we approach adversities wisely our hardest times can be times of greatest growth which in turn can lead toward times of greatest happiness.

At a very early age and continuing throughout my life I have marveled at the beautiful story of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We should always be learning. However we must be careful not to set aside our faith in the process because faith actually enhances our ability to learn.

Perseverance is a positive active characteristic.

My mother was a very positive thinker; she was always active always doing something good.

No matter our age our circumstances or abilities... Each one of us can create something remarkable with our lives.

Yes education is the catalyst that will hone and sharpen our talents skills and abilities and cause them to blossom.

The word 'seek' means to go in search of try to discover try to acquire. It requires an active assertive approach to life.

I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with many wonderful people from many walks of life. I have known rich and poor famous and modest wise and otherwise.

Occasionally family members treat each other with less courtesy and kindness than they do acquaintances or even strangers.

Desire burning desire is basic to achieving anything beyond the ordinary.

Integrity a firm adherence to the highest moral and ethical standards is essential to the life of a true Latter-day Saint.

The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony.

All too often lotteries only add to the problem of the financially disadvantaged by taking money from them and giving nothing of value in return.

Logic itself affirms that a loving Heavenly Father would not abandon His children without providing a way for them to learn of Him.

The Lord will never forsake or abandon anyone You may abandon him but he will not abandon you. You never need to feel that you are alone.

You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you.

Husbands be patient with your wives; and wives be patient with your husbands. Don't expect perfection. Find agreeable ways to work out the differences that arise.

Dates that come around every year help us measure progress in our lives. One annual event New Year's Day is a time of reflection and resolution.

Charity must become a fundamental state of mind and heart that guides us in all we do.

God truly is our Father the Father of the spirits of all mankind. We are his literal offspring and are formed in his image. We have inherited divine characteristics from him.

Not even death can take us from the eternal blessings promised by a loving Heavenly Father.

The sweet companionship of eternal marriage is one of the greatest blessings God has granted to His children.

For me the Lord has opened the windows of heaven and showered blessings upon my family beyond my ability to express.

The people who misuse the Sabbath lose the blessings of spiritual food and growth promised to those who keep this commandment.

Fast offerings are used for one purpose only: to bless the lives of those in need.

We can easily get our lives out of balance.

The Godhead consists of three separate distinct personages who are one in purpose. The Father and the Son have tangible bodies of flesh and bone while the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit.

Giant oak trees... have deep root systems that can extend two-and-one-half times their height. Such trees rarely are blown down regardless of how violent the storms may be.

Bookstore operators tell us that the books which head the bestseller list are books on peace and happiness.

Our friends should be companions who inspire us who help us rise to our best.

Building our homes as fortresses of righteousness for protection from the world takes constant labor and diligence.

Missionaries labor diligently to teach and baptize those who accept the gospel. In the process their own testimonies become deeply rooted.

The Lord has promised great rewards for those who reach out to strengthen their brothers and sisters.

We are commanded to seek out those who are lost. We are to be our brother's keeper.

As with the butterfly adversity is necessary to build character in people. As you overcome adversity in your life you will become stronger.

Without adversity the butterfly would never have the strength to achieve its destiny. It would never develop the strength to become something extraordinary.

You can get people to work by using threats or by promising rewards.

Those who make happiness the chief objective of life are bound to fail for happiness is a by-product rather than an end in itself.

Our computers have become windows through which we can gaze upon a world that is virtually without horizons or boundaries.

I don't know whether we Church members fully appreciate the Book of Mormon one of our sacred scriptures as we really should.

There is something about prosperity that brings out the worst in some people.

For each human being time is a necessary resource. It can neither be ignored nor changed.

Our prayers can and should be focused on the practical everyday struggles of life.

Let us strive for personal practical integrity in every endeavor regardless of how mundane or inconsequential it may seem.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bears His name. He stands at its head and directs it through His chosen prophets.

Often parents feel overwhelmed. Many must accomplish the whole job single-handedly while bearing all of the emotional pain of divorce.

Home teaching is an excellent preparation for missionary service.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our perfect example of patience.

Perhaps the best-known Old Testament example of perseverance is the story of Job.

Personal integrity implies such trustworthiness and incorruptibility that we are incapable of being false to a trust or covenant.

My beloved Elisa my companion and wife whom I love and revere is one of the most noble of our Heavenly Father's handmaidens.

The Resurrection is at the core of our beliefs as Christians. Without it our faith is meaningless.

In spite of discouragement and adversity those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times becoming stronger wiser and happier as a result.

Although we might settle for less Heavenly Father won't for he sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming.

Each person in the world is different and has their own beautiful sound in the symphony of life.

Love is the beginning the middle and the end of the pathway of discipleship. It comforts counsels cures and consoles.

Honesty is of God and dishonesty of the devil; the devil was a liar from the beginning.

Financial problems cause distress and loss of self-respect.

Many of the most important and life-changing moments of my life occurred when I was a young man. The lessons I learned then formed my character and shaped my destiny.

The compassion of Christlike friends deeply touches and changes our lives.

I love the German and the Swiss people for their many fine traits of character. I love their language that is so exacting and yet so expressive.

We should strive to develop within ourselves the traits of character of the Savior.

Kindness is the essence of greatness and the fundamental characteristic of the noblest men and women I have known.

Perseverance is a positive active characteristic. It is not idly passively waiting and hoping for some good thing to happen.

Charity can be the outward expression of faith and hope.

I have known exceptional people who have endured severe trials while others at least on the surface seem to have lived charmed lives.

Lying stealing and cheating are commonplace.

I loved my mission in Switzerland and Germany. As I left on the train from Basel Switzerland tears flowed down my cheeks because I knew then that my full-time service in the Church had ended.

The most cherished and sacred moments of our lives are those filled with the spirit of love.

Parents should plant deeply the seed of the work ethic into the hearts and habits of their children.

Expressions of solemn testimony have long been important to the children of God upon the earth.

As you grow and mature you will want and will earn more freedom to live your lives your way and to make your own choices. This you should do.

Some of the choicest blessings of my life have been the close friendships I have experienced over the years. Often these friendships have been forged in the fires of shared experience.

Having received the Spirit of Christ to know good from evil we should always choose the good.

Jesus Christ is infinitely more than a great teacher and philosopher.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is not a religion of mourning and gloom.

Because Jesus Christ suffered greatly He understands our suffering. He understands our grief. We experience hard things so that we too may have increased compassion and understanding for others.

Joining a new church and starting a new life is never easy and often frightening.

The responsibility to do missionary work rests with every member of the Church.

Patience with family members and others who are close to us is vital for us to have happy homes.

Anything that does not draw us closer to God takes us away from Him.

It is not hard for me to remember when I was in college. I loved many things about college life: I loved learning. I loved the comradery. And I loved football.

Come what may and love it.

In the lonely hours I have spent a great deal of time thinking about eternal things. I have contemplated the comforting doctrines of eternal life.

God's commandments are not given to limit or punish us.

Love is the greatest of all the commandments-all others hang upon it. It is our focus as followers of the living Christ. It is the one trait that if developed will most improve our lives.

Valued companionships begin with a personal commitment to be an exemplary companion.

The Spirit is as operative today in communicating the gospel to all who seek the truth as it was on the day of Pentecost anciently.

There is a form of communication that transcends the power of words.

As we look for humor seek for the eternal perspective understnd the principle of compensation and draw near to our Heavenly Father we can endure heardship and trial.

I give thanks to my Creator for this wonderful life where each of us has the opportunity to learn lessons we could not fully comprehend by any other means.

Sadly many in our world today encourage idleness especially in the form of mindless inane entertainment that is on the Internet on television and in computer games.

A sure indicator of true religion is a concern for the poor of the earth.

A worldwide web of electronic connections now moves data at ever-increasing speed and volume along what we call the information superhighway.

Integrity means always doing what is right and good regardless of the immediate consequences.

Inordinate desire for material possessions can become an obsession that consumes our thoughts drains our resources and leads to unhappiness.

Life will continue on the other side of the veil.

If we seek things that are virtuous and lovely we surely will find them. Conversely if we seek for evil we will find that also.

For individuals to become fully active in the Church they generally must experience a spiritual conversion and a social integration.

I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity if handled correctly can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it.

Great leaders communicate a vision that captures the imagination and fires the hearts and minds of those around them.

Key statements made by latter-day prophets are not trite clichés. They are vital counsel to us from the Lord through his prophets. We should ponder and act upon such statements.

Fasting coupled with mighty prayer is powerful.

The ideal course of life is not always easy.

The true greatness of a person in my view is evident in the way he or she treats those with whom courtesy and kindness are not required.

Some feel as though the world is their oyster; others feel as though they were the oyster itself plucked from the ocean cracked open and robbed of all that is precious to them.

When we make purchases on credit they give us only an illusion of prosperity.

Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land.

Wherever I go throughout the world - no matter the language no matter the culture - I thrill to hear the testimonies of the Saints.

To be without guile is to be free of deceit cunning hypocrisy and dishonesty in thought or action.

The place to cure most of the ills of society is in the homes of the people.

The simple secret is this: put your trust in the Lord do your best then leave the rest to Him.

Please do not lose hope in the Savior and His love for you. It is constant. He promised that He would not leave us comfortless.

There has always been discouragement negativism and temptation in the world because of Lucifer.

Many feel discouraged because they have not measured up to their potential.

Many today feel troubled and distressed; many feel that at any moment the ships of their lives could capsize or sink.

The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit: a separate and distinct member of the Godhead.

Even when we make mistakes we hope others will love us in spite of our shortcomings - even if we don't deserve it.

The Holy Ghost will warn us of danger and it will inspire us to help others in need.

There is no real joy that does not involve self-denial and self-discipline

Lucifer is a master at gradual deception.

Remember this: debt is a form of bondage. It is a financial termite.

Pride and vanity the opposites of humility can destroy our spiritual health as surely as a debilitating disease can destroy our physical health.

There is no defeat except for those who give up.

Though our trials are diverse there is one thing the Lord expects of us no matter our difficulties and sorrows: He expects us to press on.

When some people have a difficult job to do they give up everything else until that job is finished. Others just give up.

As society has shifted from an agrarian to an urban structure the joy and necessity of diligent hard work have been neglected.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is more enduring than fame more precious than riches more to be desired than happiness.

Our integrity determines what we really are.

A computer can be a useful and indispensable tool. But if we allow it to devour our time with vain unproductive and sometimes destructive pursuits it becomes an entangling net.

During my life I have heard many sermons on the Resurrection. I can recite the events of that first Easter Sunday. I have marked in my scriptures passages regarding the Resurrection.

We have numerous examples of perseverance in the scriptures in secular history and in our own experiences.

Sin may result from activities that begin innocently or that are perfectly legitimate in moderation but in excess they can cause us to veer from the straight and narrow path to our destruction.

Through the Prophet Joseph Smith the Lord has established His Church once again among men.

Perfection is worth striving for even if it is ultimately unattainable in this life.

Some memories are unforgettable remaining ever vivid and heartwarming!

Our Father in Heaven does not wish us to cower. He does not want us to wallow in our misery. He expects us to square our shoulders roll up our sleeves and overcome our challenges.

Nothing Exposes our true self more than how we treat each other in the home.

Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain the taste of your favorite food or the sound of a loved one's voice.

Marathon runners set explicit goals.

Kindness is the essence of greatness.

The notion that you can endanger your physical and mental health by letting strong passions go unsatisfied is a vicious falsehood.

Every home is a house of learning either for good or otherwise.

The Savior was selfless. He viewed himself and his own needs as secondary and he ministered to others tirelessly lovingly effectively.

Yes the fullness of the gospel is a pearl of great price worth any effort.

Seeing life from an eternal perspective helps us focus our limited mortal energies on the things that matter most.

The next time you're tempted to groan you might try to laugh instead. It will extend your life and make the lives of all those around you more enjoyable.

Too often today we do not rely on faith so much as on our own ability to reason and solve problems.

Men and women who decide to flirt with adultery just once can become enmeshed in misery and unhappiness for themselves and their precious families.

Our families should gather for family prayer morning and night.

Joseph Smith was true to his calling and fulfilled his duty even in the face of severe persecution and great personal sacrifice.

The faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.

Sometimes those who start out the slowest end up going the farthest.

We observe that in the scriptures fasting almost always is linked with prayer. Without prayer fasting is not complete fasting; it's simply going hungry.

Every person on the earth today lived at one time in heavenly realms. We walked with our Heavenly Father. We knew Him. We heard His voice. We loved Him.

Kindness is a passport that opens doors and fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.

Oh it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us - even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves He never will.

We have at our fingertips information that 500 years ago would have made the poorest man a prince.

Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character. We like to be around those who are grateful.

Gratitude is a mark of a noble soul and a refined character.

Often what passes for faith in this world is little more than gullibility.

The spiritual self of each of us is that part of us that will never grow old or ill or die but it must be nurtured and invigorated!

If television viewing choices serve as a valid measure of our society they who choose evil surely are more numerous than they who choose good.

Some of the happiest people I know have none of the things the world insists are necessary for satisfaction and joy.

Everyone has wondered if his or her life will ultimately be a happy one.

We've all met those who seem to radiate happiness. They seem to smile more than others; they laugh more than others - just being around them makes us happier as well.

Prophets have no other purpose no other mission except to serve God.

If we become ill modern medicine can work healing miracles.

My parents were hardworking. They made every penny stretch as far as possible. That was probably the major reason everything they gave me was always two or three sizes too large.

Sin leads to wickedness and to hearts that become hardened to things of the Spirit.

Some memories are unforgettable remaining ever vivid and heart-warming!

We see ourselves as yesterday and today. Heavenly Father sees us as forever.

We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever.

The next time you're tempted to groan you might try to laugh instead.

Most of us don't mind doing what we ought to do when it doesn't interfere with what we want to do but it takes discipline and maturity to do what we ought to do whether we want to or not.

The Prophet Joseph Smith lived in troubled times.

Kind words not only lift our spirits in the moment they are given but they can linger with us over the years.

There is no substitute for kindness in the home. This lesson I learned from my father. He always listened to my mother's advice. As a result he was a better wiser and kinder man.

Each minute is a little thing and yet with respect to our personal productivity to manage the minute is the secret of success.

If Satan can weaken or destroy the loving relationships among members of families he can cause more misery and more unhappiness for more people than he could in any other way.

President Eyring is a wise learned and spiritual man.

Faith is not so much something we believe; faith is something we live.

In some respects progressing through life is like running a marathon.

As we come unto Christ and journey to higher ground we will desire to spend more time in His temples because the temples represent higher ground sacred ground.

Telescopes and microscopes bring to our view the otherwise unseen and unknown.

Success results when preparation meets opportunity.

Nephi taught that by clinging to the word of God as though it be a handrail we would be able to avoid temptations and not lose our way in darkness. Thus we would remain on the narrow path.

Some people are weak in their faith and testimonies but are not even aware of how precarious their situation is. Many of them likely would be offended at the suggestion.

In life you should seek the help you need. Do not depend on your own strength alone. You have never done all you can to finish a task until you have sought help from the Lord.

We don't have to be perfect today. We don't have to be better than someone else. All we have to do is to be the very best we can.

The more we focus on the things we don't have the more unhappy and more resentful we become.

There is within each of us a divine spark of greatness. Who knows of what we are capable if we only try?